Management of Library Course Reserves and the Textbook Affordability Crisis

TitleManagement of Library Course Reserves and the Textbook Affordability Crisis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsPollitz, JH, Christie, A, Middleton, C
JournalJournal of Access Services
Keywordscollege book stores, course reserves, mid-sized university libraries, Publishers, staffing, survey, textbook affordability, {ACADEMIC} libraries, {MANAGEMENT}, {PUBLISHERS} & publishing, {TEXTBOOKS}, {UNITED} States, {UNIVERSITIES} & colleges
AbstractStudents at {U.S.} colleges and universities are concerned about the high cost of textbooks. Expansion of library course reserves has been suggested as one solution to this problem. The authors surveyed libraries at public universities to explore the status and management of physical course reserves and the role they play vis-a-vis textbook affordability. Both size and circulation of physical course reserve collections are declining. Despite a large growth in the use of electronic reserves, physical reserves play a significant role in providing textbooks for recommended reading lists. Physical course reserves represent a safety valve for students looking for ways to pay for college in an environment of ever-increasing textbook costs. [{ABSTRACT} {FROM} {AUTHOR]} Copyright of Journal of Access Services is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)